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This weekend is your last chance to revel in all the Mad March festivities, and this is our guide to making the most of it.

There’s the Spirit Festival celebration of Indigenous arts and culture, Adelaide Festival headline show Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, the Blinc digital light show, Unsound Adelaide, visual art exhibitions, a smorgasbord of Fringe performances and much more.

Spirit Festival

An entertainment line-up including Thelma Plum, the Buddy Knox Blues Band and Djuki Mala (aka the Chooky Dancers) will be performing as part of the Spirit Festival concert program this Sunday. The annual free festival, part of the Adelaide Fringe program, is a celebration of Indigenous arts and culture held over five days at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and “Mullawirraburka” – Rymill Park extension. It includes the Deadly Funny comedy competition, visual art exhibitions, workshops (language, crafts, music, comedy and culture), film screenings and a writers’ program. The full program is online.

Adelaide Festival

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, playing for one night only at the Entertainment Centre, is one of the highlights of the closing weekend of the 2015 Adelaide Festival. It will feature music from films such as Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a choir and Elfman himself. Other shows over the weekend include theatre production Black Diggers, which tells the story of Indigenous diggers during World War I; Fela! The Concert, a musical tribute to Afrobeats founder Fela Kuti; Unsound Adelaide’s electronic music sessions at the Freemason’s Hall; State Theatre Company of SA’s Beckett Triptych, and Bob Kingdom’s performance as Dylan Thomas in Return Journey at Ayers House. You will find links to all InDaily’s Adelaide Festival reviews here.

Blinc open-air gallery

Submergence, part of the Blinc digital art show. Photo: Tony Lewis

Submergence, part of the Blinc digital art show. Photo: Tony Lewis

This weekend is your last chance to see the more than 30 digital art installations in the Blinc light show in and around Elder Park, the Adelaide Festival Centre, Pinky Flat and the Torrens Riverbank Precinct. The free outdoor exhibition features works ranging from a giant 3D elephant and a digital swarm of bees to a dancing space monkey, with programs containing a map available on the Adelaide Festival app or from the Blinc Bar in Elder Park. Blinc operates from 8.30pm until 1am on Friday and Saturday, and until midnight on Sunday.

Adelaide Fringe

The Kustom Kulture Weekend at The Highway promises a feast of “rockabilly, roots and related music”, with 12 bands, kustom cars, a tattoo artist, stalls, art exhibits, fashion and a giant boot sale. Other weekend Fringe events and shows include Studio Flamenco’s Ole! Flamenco Fun for Kids (Gluttony, Rymill Park); a special premiere screening tonight of new Australian body-swap comedy flick The Heckler, starring SA’s Emily Taheny (Palace Nova Eastend); Ode – Voices of Gallipoli and The First World War (Holden Street Theatres), and one-off performances by 1970s Adelaide band Rum Jungle and ARIA-winning singer Katie Noonan (Garden of Unearthly Delights). And if you want to make the most of the Fringe before it all comes to an end on Sunday, we also recommend Velvet and Tubular Bells for Two (both in the Garden), circus shows Soap (Royal Croquet Club), Left (Gluttony) and Scotch & Soda (Garden); theatre show Call Mr Robeson (La Boheme), and comedy act Trash (Royal Croquet Club).  Click here for all InDaily’s Fringe stories and reviews.

A still from new comedy film Heckler.

A still from new comedy film Heckler.

Bill Viola – Selected Works

This Adelaide Festival exhibition sees works from celebrated artist Bill Viola on show across three venues: the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Queen’s Theatre and St Peter’s Cathedral. The exhibitions at the latter two venues end on Sunday, but you can still see Viola’s works at the Art Gallery of SA until March 29. They include his installation The Crossing, which brings together the opposing forces of water and fire. You can find more information about all three exhibitions on the Festival website. The Bill Viola show at the Art Gallery of SA will also be the subject of an after-dark Departure event on March 20.

Trent Parke: The Black Rose

This epic exhibition by Adelaide-based Magnum photographer Trent Parke opens to the public tomorrow at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The Black Rose is described as the most ambitious project of Parke’s career and is also intensely personal, representing his attempt to reclaim memories he blanked out for years following the sudden death of his mother when he was just 12. It features hundreds of photographs, largely black and white and mostly shot on film, as well as moving-image works, text and books exploring themes such as pain, loss, birth, death and memory. The exhibition is free and continues until May 12.


Trent Parke, Australia, born 1971, Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2007, © Trent Parke/Magnum Photos

French Film Festival

Taking place at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas until March 24, the annual French Film Festival features a line-up encompassing every genre. This weekend’s screenings include the dramas 3 Hearts and French Riveria (both starring Catherine Deneuve), comedies Get Well Soon and Nicholas on Holiday, and the multi-award-winning “story of female empowerment” Girlhood. The full program is online.

Openair Cinema

Into the Woods – a modern twist on some popular fairytales, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt – is screening tonight (Friday) at Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema in Glenelg. On Sunday you can catch Oscar-winning animated family film Big Hero 6, while Sunday’s screening is the classic Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Sessions also include live music and DJ sets, with the full Tuesday-Sunday program available online. The Openair Cinema continues at the Brian Nadilo Reserve until April 12.

Beckett Triptych

Three of Samuel Beckett’s rarely presented short plays – Footfalls, Eh Joe and Krapp’s Last Tape – are being presented by the State Theatre Company in its Scenic Workshop and Rehearsal Room at the Adelaide Festival Centre. The Triptych, part of the Adelaide Festival program, features actors Pamela Rabe, Paul Blackwell and Peter Carroll, with performances continuing until Sunday, March 15. Click here to read InDaily’s review.

do it (adelaide)


Liam Gillick 1989/Thom Buchanan 2015, Instruction, Samstag Museum of Art. Photo: Thom Buchanan

Twelve South Australian artists were assigned a particular instruction to produce an artwork for this new exhibition at Samstag Museum. The do it concept began in Paris in 1993 and has since travelled all over the world, with a manual of written instructions that is constantly added to. do it (adelaide) features work in different mediums, with several instructions for museum visitors to interact with and an accompanying archive explaining the history of what is described as an “ever-evolving global art phenomenon”. The exhibition runs until April 25.

Iridescence – SA Museum

This exhibition at the South Australian Museum features beetles, bubbles, shells, fossils and myriad other items that illustrate the beauty of iridescence, “where colour is seen despite the absence of pigment”.  Exhibits have all been drawn from the museum’s own collection, and will be on display until March 15, 2015.

On screen

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

3 Hearts – French Film Festival
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Project Almanac
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Theory of Everything
Still Alice


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